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Ensuring Sustainable Drinking Water Security in Rural Areas in India

New Delhi, Jan 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The major thrust of the rural water supply programmes  is to  ensure provision of adequate drinking water supply to the rural communities. Hitherto the role of the government was that of a service provider, with minimum involvement of the community in the planning process and the implementation activities. With the increase in demand due to public aspirations and decrease of availability of safe water it was considered essential to involve the community in the programme.

To achieve this, there was a paradigm shift and the Framework for implementation of National Rural Drinking Water Programme was revised in 2009. The Department appropriately addressed the soft issues related to facilitating the   active participation of PRIs in the process of planning, implementation and operation of schemes to achieve the goal of long term sustainability. It also ensured that the community gets continuous support and handholding so that they are empowered to take up the role of planning and implementing the systems also in addition to operating and maintaining them.

National Urban Sanitation Policy Of India

New Delhi, Jan 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) According to Census 2001, 27.8% of Indians, i.e. 286 million people or 55 million households live in urban areas – projections indicate that the urban population would have grown to 331 million people by 2007 and to 368 million by 2012. 12.04 million (7.87 %) Urban households do not have access to latrines and defecate in the open. 5.48 million (8.13%) Urban households use community ones and 13.4 million households (19.49%) use shared latrines.

Healthcare aggravates poverty in India

Jan 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Additional 39 million people fall into poverty annually in India by health-care expenditures, according to a study published in “The Lancet” medical journal headquartered in London.

It further reveals that healthcare inequalities prevail and are related to socioeconomic status, geography, and gender, and are compounded by high out-of-pocket expenditures, with more than three-quarters of the increasing financial burden of health care being met by households. “Health-care expenditures exacerbate poverty”, it adds.

Hot Tubs and Hydrotherapy Show Remarkable Health Benefits

Couple Enjoying Hot TubSalt Lake City, Utah, December 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus/PRWEB) The goal of improved health is the most common of all New Year's resolutions. With 2011 fast approaching, millions of people are vowing to improve their health but secretly worrying about how they will do it.

Interview - Denise Austin - America’s Favorite Fitness Expert On To Your Good Health Radio

Wilmington, NC, December 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus) "To Your Good Health Radio" is set to interview Denise Austin, “America’s Favorite Fitness Expert” about her upcoming book "Get Energy" which is being release in January 2011. People Magazine says: "Denise Austin makes the energizer bunny look lethargic!" Denise started her career as co-host of The Jack LaLanne Show and then went on to become the fitness expert on NBC's Today Show and on ESPN. She’s produced over 85 workout videos and sold over 20 million books and DVDs, which earned her an induction into the Video Hall of Fame. She will share with the listeners her solution to a problem that millions face: too exhausted, stressed and not enough time to exercise. In her upcoming book "Get Energy," she shares the secrets you can use to empower your body, love your life all with one simple stretch! Tune in live at 1pm EST on December 16th to find out how you can get energized and healthy without lengthy health or fitness plans. Denise will even share how to incorporate exercise into your daily activities like cooking, cleaning and even sitting at your computer! Listen live at 1pm EST, December 16th at

Dr. Friedman discusses how to stay fit with Denise and then welcomes to the show, Devin Alexander to find out how we can enjoy something that has been, up until now, off limits... DESSERTS! Chef Devin Alexander is a professionally trained chef and caterer, and former chef of the hit reality TV show “The Biggest Loser,” she is also the host of “Healthy Decadence with Devin Alexander” on Fit TV. Devin will share with us her latest book, "The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook" and how we can all maintain a healthy weight while still having your cake and eating it too! "The Biggest Loser Cookbook" is the first all-dessert cookbook to feature low-calorie, low-fat desserts made with all-natural ingredients. Listen to Devin live with Dr. Friedman on "To Your Good Health Radio" at 1:30pm EST at

Tips For Using Holiday Electronics For Children Safely From ASHA - avoid noise-induced hearing loss and communications disorders

Rockville, MD, Dec 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus/PRWEB) With many consumers wishing for and expected to receive electronics for gifts this holiday season, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is reminding the public about the potential risks of noise-induced hearing loss and a negative impact on communication development that can happen from the misuse or overuse of various types of devices.

The average consumer will spend $232 on consumer electronics this year, up 5 percent from last year. During the recent Thanksgiving weekend, electronics were among the most popular items purchased. Nearly 60 percent of shoppers bought some type of consumer electronic product, second only to clothing. MP3 players, video game consoles and accessories and computers, including notebooks and tablets, were among the most popular items sold.

Interview: Dr Kaushik Deb, founder of Jagat Bandhu Rural Polyclinic - a non-profit providing rural healthcare in India

Jagat Bandhu Rural Polyclinic Building in Chakda, Nadia, West BengalCalcutta, Dec 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Jagat Bandhu Rural Polyclinics is a series of upcoming rural clinic and diagnostic centers in the state of West Bengal in India. The building construction of the first of these centers is complete and ready to serve economically challenged segments of rural Bengal with focus on women and children soon. The clinic will cover some 10 neighbouring villages too. The vision is to provide quality health care with minimal charges.

The centers welcome donations and contributions in the form of money or equipment, ambulances, and so on.

The founder and director of this noble non-profit venture, Dr Kaushik Deb, talks to Arijit Chakraborty in this exclusive audio broadcast on WBRi.

Dahn Yoga Offers Winter Health Tips on Video

Gilbert, AZ, December 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) Dahn Yoga is currently hosting a series of videos through Dahn TV which can help you maintain your health and manage holiday stress. Dahn Yoga applies Traditional Eastern healing wisdom with simple, but effective exercises. This unique practice emphasizes stimulating the circulation of “ki (chi, qi)” through a system of energy channels in the body, known as meridians. This tradition also encourages the strengthening and warming of the body’s core, since keeping the energy center ("dahn jon") in the lower abdomen warm is essential to overall health.

4 billion annual cases of diarrhoea in India attributed to poor water sanitation

New Delhi, Dec 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) Diseases are rising at an alarming rate among the human population especially in a country like India. Doctors’ clinics are hot spots right now what with the increasing number of people falling ill these days. The World Bank estimates that out of the growing spate of diseases, 21% of communicable diseases are water related.

According to a 2007 World Health Organization report, more than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. It comes as no surprise that 88% of the 4 billion annual cases of diarrheal disease are attributed to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

India Should Make Healthcare More Accessible

Nevada, Dec 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Religious statesman Rajan Zed wants India to make healthcare more accessible.

In a statement in Nevada (USA) today, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that healthcare was a burden on India’s poor and government should come up with an urgent plan.

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